Following the presentation of certificates of registration to two new university based unions, Nigerians on social media faulted the move describing it as a plan to “intimidate” the Academic Staff Union of Universities.
The PUNCH reports that the minister of labour and employment, Chris Ngig, had in his office in Abuja presented certificates of registration to ASUU splinter group, Congress of Nigerian Universities Academics, and the National Association of Medical and Dental Academics and the Congress of Nigerian University Academics.
According to Ngige, the two university based unions will exist alongside ASUU in the university system.
But Nigerians on social media faulted the move.
A Facebook user, Harry Smith, asked, “Why the intimidation? Why not settle them(ASUU) and give them what belongs to them?”
Another Facebook user, Oguntuase Opeyemi said, “ I think the Federal government is just compounding the issues on ground by registering the two new academic unions, the fact that the two unions wrote letters five years ago for their registrations doesn’t mean you should register them amidst the unsettled Issues on ground with the ASUU.
Though you said they have equal right with ASUU and doesn’t stop the ongoing negotiation with them but are you trying to register them as an alternative or what?
“What about the financial side of it? When you’re still owing the academic staff and not granting their request. I just don’t understand what the Federal Government is trying to do.
Williams Ekohmen also typed on Facebook, “To an extend, federal government foolishly compound more problems instead of solving current problem they added more problems, the new Union must definitely come up with new demand in the future that will be worst than present one”.
Nigerians on Twitter were also not left out.
A tweep, Ashraf Babagana tweeted, “ The essence of government in the first place— is to solve problems but Nigeria’s governmentt are creating problems where there are none as well as compounding existing problems just for personal gains. We definitely need restructuring or secession and not election. We are finished.”
Another tweep, @oyefad, fumed, “ This is arrant nonsense… When did it become the government’s duty to set up organisations that is supposed to fight (against the said government) for the workers right? When are we going to stop being diabolical in our strategies in this country?!!!”.
NLC, TUC, ASUU, Others Defy Court Order As They Begin Strike
The NLC had on Monday announced the commencement of the industrial action from midnight of Monday, 13 November, in defiance to a restraining order issued by the National Industrial Court in Abuja on Friday.
The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), the Trade Union Congress (TUC) and its affiliates including the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), on Tuesday, began a nationwide strike, in defiance to a restraining court order barring them from embarking on the industrial action.
The two major labour unions, NLC and TUC, had declared the strike, following the brutalisation of the NLC president, Joe Ajaero, in Imo State on 1 November. Mr Ajaero was attacked in Owerri, the state capital, during an NLC protest against the Imo State government over alleged maltreatment of workers in the state.
The unions on Monday directed their members to down tools across the country as from Tuesday.
This is despite the restraining order issued by the National Industrial Court, in Abuja, on Friday, stopping the labour unions from embarking on the strike. The judge, Benedict Kanyip, ordered the two major labour unions to stop their industrial action scheduled to commence 14 November.
The interim order followed an ex-parte request by the Nigerian government through the office of Attorney General of the Federation (AGF) and Minister of Justice, due to the Labour unions’ threat to embark on strike.
Ignoring the court order, ASUU President, Emmanuel Osodeke, a professor of soil science, on Monday, directed compliance with the strike declaration in a letter to ASUU zonal coordinators and branch chairpersons across the country.
“As an affiliate of NLC, all members of our union are hereby directed to join this action of NLC to protect the interest of Nigerian workers and the leadership of the union. Zonal coordinators and branch chairpersons should immediately mobilise our members to participate in the action,” ASUU President, Mr Osodeke, wrote in a letter to zonal and branch chairpersons of the union.
When PREMIUM TIMES asked Mr Osodeke if he was aware of the subsisting court order stopping the strike, he said the question should be directed to the NLC which called for the strike.
“Call the NLC, ASUU did not declare a strike, NLC declared the strike. Call NLC,” he said in a telephone interview on Tuesday morning.
But the NLC’s head of information, Benson Upah, did not respond to phone calls and messages sent to his line requesting for comments, as of the time of filing this report.
The labour unions had, on Monday, refused to acknowledge the court order while directing their members to withdraw their services as from Tuesday.
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Al-istiqama University Sumaila Releases Cut-off Marks for UTME and DE Candidates.
AL-ISTIQAMA UNIVERSITY, SUMAILA SUMAILA LOCAL GOVERNMENT, KANO STATE
(OFFICE OF THE REGISTRAR)
14TH SEPTEMBER, 2023
COMMENCEMENT OF UTME / DIRECT ENTRY ONLINE SCREENING FOR THE 2023/2024 ACADEMIC SESSION
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